Clonakilty Blackpudding to renew sponsorship of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship

The Directors and manager of the T.R.O.A. are delighted to announce that Clonakilty Blackpudding Company are to extend their sponsorship of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for a further two seasons. The deal which will see one of Irelands most successful home grown companies remain as title sponsor for the Tarmac Championship for 2015 and 2016 is a huge boost to Irelands premier rally championship, and follows on from a successful partnership in 2014.

Speaking on the announcement, Championship Manager Gerard Seaman said “We are delighted to have the Clonakilty Blackpudding Company on board which secures the Championship as a whole for the next two years, allied to the fact that the Twomey Family have put the faith in us once again and we look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship. We have a lot of work to do between now and February when the Championship takes off with the Galway International Rally.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both Motorsport Ireland and the M.S.A for their continued help and look forward to seeing the old but very importantly some new faces on the Championship trail. On the Historic side our Championship gets underway in the fantastic Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally the last weekend in November and we look forward to this event immensely”.

David Gray Chairman of T.R.O.A. said today that “I am thrilled to have Clonakilty Blackpudding Company on board and see the connection with Clonakilty Blackpudding and the Twomey family not so much as just a sponsor but more of a partner who will endeavour as we at T.R.O.A. do, to take the Irish tarmac Rally Championships to even greater heights.

For 2015 the main championship sees the inclusion of the West Cork Rally which increases the number of rounds to seven, with the best five scores to count. The Modified Championship sees the inclusion of the Isle of Man which increases the number of rounds to eight, with the best six scores to count. The Historic Championship which begins on the 29th November with the Historic Rally of the Lakes in Killarney has a total of 9 Rounds with the best 7 to count.

For the 2015 season there are some other changes, with the introduction of a new category for 2 wheel drive cars that are currently homologated which incorporates classes R1, R2 and R3. Another new category for next season sees the addition of a Junior Championship which will have backing from M-Sport and will consist of the same seven rounds as the main championship with five out of seven scores to count.

Kevin O’Driscoll,

T.R.O.A. Press & Media Officer,

Telephone: +353 86 286 6256